31.10.2013 - News

Fragment of a fresco made by Leonardo da Vinci found in Milan

During the restoration of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan on its wall was discovered a fragment of painting by Leonardo da Vinci.


The restorers have discovered part of a large monochrome murals, written with charcoal, in the so-called Board hall of the castle. On the fragment depicts a giant tree roots breaking through the wall. On an idea of  da Vinci, hall had to be painted as a gazebo with a vaulted dome, entwined branches and decorated with gold cords. Apparently, the walls can be depicted trees surrounding the gazebo. It is not known whether the artist brought his work to the end.

Restorers have stated that there is a chance to restore the mural as a whole, but it will take a lot of time. Now fresco is hidden under several layers of whitewash.

Over the course of restoration work can be monitored in real time on a special website Sala delle Asse. Currently, the restorers work with mechanical equipment, but soon they will go to work with ultrasonic instruments and lasers.

Author: Olga Broskova
Source: rupaper.com